The Katsina State Governor, Umar Dikko Radda, has raised alarm over consistent attacks on schools in the state by terrorists.
The governor, who spoke at the 7th and 8th combined convocation ceremony of the Federal University, Dutsinma (FUDMA), Katsina State, also called on support from different bodies across the state.
Radda, while explaining that his administration established the Katsina State Community Watch Corps to fight insecurity in the state, vowed to put an end to the menace.
He promised to ensure conducive learning environment for students in the state.
He said; “There is no education without security. Many of our frontline Local Government Areas have had their schools closed due to banditry and in some cases, schools have become dens for bandits.
“This is why we established the Katsina State Community Watch Corps to fight insecurity and create a foundation for our youth to learn and thrive.
“My administration has made out-of-school children a main priority and we will continue to work with all partners to reduce the numbers.
“We will also work with religious schools to provide academic tools for students in a bid to prepare them for the world ahead.
“All the actions we have embarked upon as government are designed to lay the foundation for a brighter future for the people of Katsina.
“In addition to education, we have focused on agriculture, health and social care, MSMES, and internally generated revenue.”
In another news, gunmen suspected to be sea pirates have ambushed some fishermen off the Atlantic coast of Brass in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, killing one and kidnapping four others.
The gunmen also took their victims’ engines and fishing gear.
The incident reportedly occurred over the weekend in a coastal hamlet populated by fishermen.
Two of the fishermen were injured during the incident, according to sources but one died before receiving medical assistance.
The gunmen kidnapped four more people.
Muhammed Musa, Spokesman for the Bayelsa State Police Command, said he had yet to be briefed on the incident.